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Bush Invulnerability is an Illusion (english)
26 Jan 2003
Much has been made of the popularity of Dictator George W. Bush. For a while, even the most rebellious among us feared that he had become invulnerable. Measurements of his approval ratings, as provided by polls, seemed to confirm that he was invulnerable. Careful observation, however, reveals that Dictator Bush's image of invulnerability is a carefully orchestrated illusion.

Bush Invulnerability is an Illusion
Author: Stephen DeVoy
January 26, 2003
Much has been made of the popularity of Dictator George W. Bush.  For
a while, even the most rebellious among us feared that he had become
invulnerable.  Measurements of his approval ratings, as provided by polls,
seemed to confirm that he was invulnerable.  Careful observation, however,
reveals that Dictator Bush's image of invulnerability is a carefully
orchestrated illusion.
I've met very few people who support Bush fully.  I count among my
friends not only fellow anarchists but some very conservative Republicans as
well.  My conversations with these Republicans has left me with the
impression that most of them are very suspicious of Bush.  Poll based
measures of Bush support have always surprised me.  The empirical evidence
gathered from conversations with people in the street completely refute these
measures.  One must conclude that the polls are highly manipulated and do
not reflect the actual level of support for Dictator Bush.
The illusion is not created by the polls alone.  It is easy to miss
the actual intent of the National Security fever that has swept the United
States since Dictator Bush declared that "you are either with us or your
are against us."  Yes, the threat to our liberties is very real. 
I don't wish to trivialize that threat.  But the reason for the repression
is not defense against terrorism.  The reason for the oppression is to
create the illusion that any and all dissent will be crushed.
Clearly, Dictator Bush's new Reich does, indeed, wish to crush
dissent.  What remains dubious is its actually ability to do so.  Up
until now, most dissent has failed to reach the surface, so intimidated were
Americans to stand up and question the Fuhrer.  Recent weeks have
demonstrated, however, that active dissent cannot be crushed and that dissent
is, in fact, very effective.
While the media attempts to ignore and downplay the size, depth, and
determination of the antiwar movement, the word is still getting out.  The
Internet has proven itself to be an effective means of dissident news
broadcast.  Observing right wing Internet forums reveals the degree to
which our opponents are aware of our activities.  It would be mild to say
that they are merely outraged.  They know that a rebellion is
brewing.  If they know, others know too.
A prime example of Dictator Bush's vulnerability can be seen in the
success of the anti-TIA movement (the movement to shut down John Poindexter's
Total Information Awareness Project).  The most effective part of that
campaign was fought online.  When a handful of activists began posting John
Poindexter's personal information on the Internet, the Information Awareness
Office scurried about like a cockroach in the light, trying to hide as much
information as they could and as quickly as they could, removing many items from
their website.  Thousands of Americans each and every day visited these
anti-TIA websites and made their voices heard.  Awareness of this invasion
into the privacy of all Americans rose quickly.  The Senate responded
quickly as well, voting to block funding until Poindexter could prove that his
system would not violate the privacy of ordinary Americans (something we believe
he will never be able to do).
There have been attempts to intimidate those who have stood up.  I
myself have been a target of such a campaign, but I am still here and I am still
fighting.  This is proof, at least in my mind, that Dictator Bush's power
is only an illusion that persists so long as we are quiet.  Millions of
Americans are unhappy with our self selected Dictator.  Many Americans have
been holding their anger in for more than a year.  All that is needed to
unleash this anger is open and unashamed dissent.
We each have the power to bring down the Dictator.  All anyone of us
needs to do is to stand up and say "No!" to him.  His power is an
illusion based on fear.  It is no surprise that provocation of fear has
been his modus operandi since 9/11/2001.  The only thing that Bush
has to fear is the lack of fear.  Let us show him that we are not afraid of
his jackboot thugs and their illusion of power.  Let us defy him!  Let
us refuse his war!  Let us refuse his Reich!
See also:
http://www.breakyourchains.org
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